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It handles reconnaissance in war zones.

Special Operations Solutions
Hyattsville, Md.

No. 269
2011 Revenue: $5.9 million
Three-Year Growth: 1,324.2%

Since 2003, Manan Patel has spent 13 months in Iraq and Afghanistan. His company, Special Operations Solutions, recruits highly technical engineers to work overseas on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance missions for the U.S. military. Finding employees who are willing to work in a war zone overseas isn’t the easiest task, either. “Any time I get a phone call late at night, I’m always fearing the worst,” he says. “We haven’t had any serious issues. It’s something that is definitely a burden. We’re always thinking about the safety of our employees."